An Omaha man may have lied about where he was in the minutes before James L. Edwards was fatally shot April 1.
But that was not enough to charge him with being an accessory in the 27-year-old man’s death, a Douglas County Court judge ruled Friday.
Judge Edna Atkins dismissed the felony charge against Apollo M. Cobb, 24, without prejudice. That means the charge could be refiled.
Witnesses placed Cobb with two firearms outside Edwards’ parents’ home near 26th and Sahler Streets less than 30 minutes before Edwards was slain, Omaha police said.
Cobb later told police he was at his mother’s apartment that entire day, but police said his mother didn’t corroborate his story.
Cobb’s lawyer, Ernest Addison Jr., said even if Cobb was lying about his whereabouts, it had no connection to Edwards and his killer.
Ramone D. Jefferson, 29, will stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in Edwards’ death.
Police said Edwards was killed in front of his family because Jefferson sought revenge on behalf of his badly beaten brother. — Sam Womack